8 month old doesn't want formula anymore; can anyone help?

Katherine - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter started solids at 6 months and since then it's been a real struggle to feed her formula. I've tried warmed up, room temperature, cold, changed nipple flow... nothing works! The pedi says I can give her cheese and yogurt at 9 months which is only a couple weeks away, but still, formula should be her main source of nutrition. If she drinks 3 oz 4 times a day, that's a good day now... while it should be 7-8 oz 4 times a day. Can anyone help?

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Crystal - posted on 01/28/2009

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I started my son on whole cows milk at 9.5-10 months. Once he was on solids, he almost refused formula and a bottle. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think babies are super smart and know what they want and what they are ready for. Chances are that if your 8 month old doesn't want formula anymore, she is ready for more than that!! I would just give her whatever she will take best. I don't mean to sound crazy like I would be giving her everything she wants, but it will probably work out best for you when trying to get rid of the bottle. My son broke himself at 11 months from the bottle, I gave him sippy cups.

Debra - posted on 01/28/2009

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If your 8 month old doesn't want formula try to switch him to homo milk if you feel like you can... i had a hard time doing it even when he was 10 months old... but when he started pushing the bottle away... i just started making 5 ounce's before every meal.. let him drink it all. then i'd go make breakfast lunch or dinner for him. Just give her a bottle before you even bring food out to her.

Sandra - posted on 01/28/2009

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Quoting Katherine:

8 month old doesn't want formula anymore; can anyone help?

My daughter started solids at 6 months and since then it's been a real struggle to feed her formula. I've tried warmed up, room temperature, cold, changed nipple flow... nothing works! THe pedi says I can give her cheese and yogurt at 9 months which is only a couple weeks away, but still, formula should be her main source of nutrition. If she drinks 3 oz 4 times a day, that's a good day now... while it shoudl be 7-8 oz 4 times a day. Can anyone help?


My kids(I have 6) all started solids at 6months, and altough most doctors told me I shouldnt, they all started to drink normal cows milk around the same time, my youngest is almost 7 months, and he drinks skim milk during the day(breastfed at night still) You can also buy baby yoghurts that start from 4 months. I heat his milk to just over room temp. Give it a try, it might be what she wants, especially if she is big for her age.

Ashley - posted on 01/28/2009

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i agree with jolene...i switched my son to cows milk when he was about 7 1/2 months because he was doing the same thing...he never really liked his formula to begin with but once i started him on his foods he didnt want it.....he'd go all night not waking up....he'd wake up in the morning..i'd make him a 6 oz bottle..he'd drink 2 so he wasnt getting the nutrition he needed since i've switched him to milk he loves it....he drinks his full 6 oz and he gets all excited when he sees his bottle..he loves it!....maybe talk to ur dr and see what he/she says about your 8 month old not wanting formula.

Jolene - posted on 01/28/2009

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Since your 8 month old doesn't want formula anymore I would just try to give her the nutrition she needs from food sources and switch to goat or cows milk. I know they say 9 months untill dairy but I started my daughter on yogurt at 7 months. If you don't feel comfortable with that though I guess just let her drink any amount of formula she wants, some is better then none.

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Annie - posted on 04/08/2012

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since formula has cow's milk i gave my daugther 3.25% milk she didn't mind but after awhile she was puking so i asked a friend she said the same thing to but she said they get use to it so i kept going with milk and she started at 9 months old at the time. You can even try half formula and milk to see if she likes it like that or other kind of formula

Katherine - posted on 01/29/2009

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Thank you very much ladies! My dd will be 9 months in 2 weeks. I do feed my her 3 times a day (with food I mean). I usually give her formula first, then wait an hour, then feed her. In the morning she has 3tbsp of fruit and then 6tbsp of cereal (started with 4 but since she wasn't taking much formula, increased it). At lunch she has 3tbsp of veggies, 3-4 tbps of meat and 3 tbsp of fruits. For dinner, she has 3tbsp of veggies, 6tbsp of cereal and 3 tbsp of fruits. Obviously, I am able to put 2-3oz of formula in the cereal. And then she has a bottle before to go to bed (which is usually the only one she will drink in full). I think I will start cheese and yogurt now and 4-5 days later, if there is no sign of allergy: milk! It's just really tough cause she fights the formula (I've also tried to put it in the sippy and no change); she turns her head and close her lips real hard! She knows what she wants!!!

Mandy - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi, i have two kids and my first loved her milk. She used to eat and then drink her milk. Could it be that you are feeding your daughter solid too often? Every baby is different, maybe she feels too full to want to have her milk. At 6 months it's only the beginning of solids so they probably don't need a whole lot. When they start solids they are really just getting used to the different textures and smell rather than eating to get full. I fed my daughter three times a day and continued to give her her normal feeds of formula. I guess for me getting her used to solids was like getting her ready for big peoples' food so i wanted to keep it at three feeds, with fruits in between of course. Just a suggestion as i don't know what your feeding situation is.

Lisa - posted on 01/28/2009

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Time lines are a suggestion but not every baby can operate on the same timelines. Not every kid walks at the same age and not every kid will progress the same to food/milk. Just give her milk products/milk(goats milk is supposed to be easier on undeveloped stomaches and those who can not tolerate cows milk)- just look for symptoms of allergy- rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, respiratory symptoms etc.

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